Spanish midfield maestro Santi Cazorla can steal Mesut Ozil’s thunder on the £42.5m signing’s Arsenal debut at Sunderland by rewarding first goalscorer backers with an opener at odds at 7/1.
Arsene Wenger’s side look likely to leave the north east with all the points and are priced up accordingly as 3/5 favourites, with Paolo Di Canio’s strugglers 9/2 to win for the first time in the league this term and the draw at 14/5.
Cazorla’s impressive haul of 12 goals in his debut season in the Premier League included registering seven strikes on the road.
One of those goals was a first-half drive in the north Londoners’ 1-0 win against the Black Cats in February and playing in a more advanced role will suit the 28-year-old.
With Ozil coming in to the midfield and forward players Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski out injured, the former Malaga and Villarreal star looks set to continue in the wide-left forward role next to central striker Olivier Giroud after impressing in that position last time out against Spurs.
Giroud has started the season like a train, getting on the scoresheet in each of Arsenal’s three Premier League matches so far, but his record in away games since moving to England last summer leaves a lot to be desired.
Last season only one of Giroud’s 11 top flight goals was scored away from the Emirates stadium and despite equalling that mark for this term when finding the net at Fulham recently, no ground outside London has yet been graced with a Premier League strike from the French line-leader.
At 4/1, the former Montpellier man’s first goalscorer price has become the victim of the player’s early-season success and is easily ignored.
All eyes will be on record signing Ozil, with the Germany international also 7/1 to provide the deadlock breaker.
The midfielder has been in excellent goalscoring form for Joachim Low’s side and a converted penalty against the Faroe Islands brought his World Cup group C tally up to six goals in eight matches.
Ozil could only manage a solitary strike in his last six La Liga games for Real Madrid, however, and is best swerved in his first game in the Gooner red.